Michiganders speak out on same-sex marriage
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:00:16 GMT —
As the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments over same-sex marriage, Michiganders are also making sure their voices are heard. They're speaking out from the capitol steps to the classroom.
Carl Frazer is a ninth grader at Lapeer West High School.
â??There are so many kids who have committed suicide or has run away because they can't deal with pressure of what's going on this school or schools in general,â?? says Frazer.
That's why he's created a gay-straight coalition at Lapeer West.
â??No matter who you, no matter how you look, no matter what you choose to be, there's always going to be on this G.S.A. someone who's going to care about, not going to look at you in a different way,â?? says Frazer.
Frazerâ??s getting a lot of support from school administrators.
â??It's just a safe haven for the kids and to me, there is nothing wrong with it,â?? says Timothy Zeeman, principal at Lapeer West.
Whether you're gay, straight, for or against gay marriage, at Lapeer West, there's a forum for everyone.
â??If a gay kid is friends with me, I see no problem with that because they are just as equal as everybody else,â?? says Frazer.
â??Itâ??s not just for gays and straights, whatever. It's for anybody who feels that he or she is being bullied, tormented, whatever,â?? says Zeeman.
The principal at Lapeer West tells says this is not the first time a gay straight alliance has been formed at the school. He hopes students across the spectrum participate.
The discussion about same-sex marriage has also taken social media by storm. You may have noticed a red symbol has replaced some of your Facebook friends' default picture on their profile.
This red box with a pink equal sign is a social media push started by the Human Rights Campaign. The organization supports equal rights for all people regardless of their sexual orientation.
People on the other side of the issue are also speaking out. NBC25 News spoke with Gary Glen, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan.
His non-profit has spoken out against same-sex marriage in Lansing and Washington, D.C. He says it's not up to the Supreme Court to overturn Michiganâ??s same sex laws.
"I don't think the founding fathers intended for five people on the Supreme Court to have the unchecked authority and power to overturn the vote of tens of millions of Americans to keep marriage between one man and one woman, says Glen.
Same sex marriages were banned in Michigan back in 2004.